Inspectors are a breed amongst themselves. They are surrounded by jobsite failures and are the go-to person to be called in to determine the cause of a problem. They could just as easily be referred to as “Construction Site Investigators.” Inspectors are constantly seeking continuing education to keep them in the loop of all the current standards and standard updates within the industry. They have to do this in order to provide the most accurate report, appear in the courtroom as an expert witness, or work as an expert consultant.
Inspectors are the ones who will draw the line in the sand and base their report of the cause and conclusion through facts, while defining the reported problem. However, they are also vulnerable like any other entities within our industry. Are they totally subjective to the commissioning party? That’s the question raised by many of the involved parties when the inspector is hired.